RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- An educator who established nearly 30 churches and founded St. Paul's College is being honored with the dedication of a state historical marker.
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will unveil the James Solomon Russell marker Saturday at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and Palmer Springs Road about two miles east of Palmer Springs.
Russell was born into slavery in Mecklenberg County in 1857. After the Civil War and emancipation, he attended Hampton Institute and St. Stephen's Normal and Theological School and was ordained in 1882. That same year, he founded the St. Paul Normal and industrial Institute, which began St. Paul's College, in Lawrenceville.
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